Wednesday, 27 October 2010

My nephew Calum's 18th

Today is my nephew's birthday and I can't believe he's 18, where has all the time gone. 
For the base card I trimmed an A4 sheet of white card down to 8" wide then scored it at 8", on the back of the flap I attached some card to make a pocket (sending cash is the easy option) and stamped the number 18 on it using the 'Krystal Tips Numbers' from Dimension Fourth.  For the front panels I attached some black peel off borders from my stash then inked the edges using Distress Ink - Weathered Wood.  Onto some spotty paper I stamped the H, B & C from the stamp set 'HBC Extra Large Letters' and the smaller letters I stamped onto a slightly different spotty paper using the 'Plain Alphabet' both stamp sets from Dimension Fourth.  Because the paper was a little too thin I glued the letters onto white card using some Pinflair Bookbinding Glue before cutting them out, I attached them to the front of the panels using silicone glue.  On the H, B panel I stamped the appy and irthday from the HBC set, on the right hand panel I again used the Krystal Tips for the 18's.  I used the two smallest Nestibilities - Standard Circle dies to cut one black and one white circle, stamped the 18 to the white one.

Friday, 22 October 2010

New Baby Card

Congratulations to Jenna and Lee, baby Jack was born at last on the 21st October.  This card was made using a digital kit I had bought quite a while ago from Soxsational Scraps and it's called Dreamland.  I finished it off with some glitter.  It really is a cute little kit and can be used for both girls and boys.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Lil Rascals

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

The latest set of stamps from Dimension Fourth are called 'Lil Rascals', you can find them in the 'As Seen on TV' section of their website (link on the right of this page under 'Let's go Shopping').  They fit in really well with the other stamps in this range, 'Dolly Daydreams' and 'FaB Impressions Kelly'  (Front and Back) they all mix and match perfectly.  You can find these stamps in the same 'As Seen on TV' section.

This card was inspired by the backing paper, it is in fact some wrapping paper I'd used for a present I'd bought recently.  I mounted two strips of the paper onto silver mirri, putting one strip on the folded front of the card blank and one on the back.  I used the 'Krystal Tips Upper and Lower' alphabet also from Dimension Fourth for the sentiment, stamped with VersaFine - Onyx Black then embossed with clear embossing powder, mounted onto silver mirri and used a EK Success punch down the side.  For the topper I first stamped the little girl with Memento - Tuxedo Black, then masked her before stamping the bench, masked the bench before stamping the boy.  I then coloured them in using ProMarkers before mounting on the silver mirri, finishing off with the punched edge.

For this card I stamped the letters using the 'Plain Alphabet' from Dimension Fourth, these can be found in the  'Miscellaneous' section of their website.  I also stamped the trains, both sides of the boy and the truck on its own and within the letters using Memento ink, coloured them with my ProMarkers before cutting them all out.  On a card blank I'd arranged the word 'Brother' to see where it would fit and that's when I'd decided to cut the corner off and attach some acetate.  I stamped the trains and trucks on the cut off corner before matting it onto silver mirri then attached it to the card blank.  On the inside of the card I attached the acetate and stamped the sentiments before using silicone glue to attach the letters, the trains and truck and the front and back of the boy.
Inside view of the card.  I put some coloured tape to finish off, something I've had in my stash for ages, I think I got them from Readicut years ago, there's quite a few colours and some metallics, nice to use as a divider. 

I was fed up with blue by this time so thought I'd do something girlie.  Red and Yellow, this picture makes the yellow seem a little creamer but hay ho.  Had a look though my stash and found some red and yellow roses.  Used a cutting and embossing template and my Cuttlebug to cut out the foliage in green mirri.  I cut a square aperture out of my card blank and wanted to use a Martha Stewart punch but because of the sizing it wouldn't fit my card blank so after deciding to do it anyway, using a pastel yellow glitter card I cut it diagonal and placed it in the corners.  I cut out the overhang around the aperture before attaching some acetate to the inside of the card, I covered the raw edge (I usually get a bit of a wavy line on my hand cut aperture's) with green peel off borders and covered up the empty corners with the roses.  On the stamp set is a small Happy Birthday stamp so I put this with the roses.   I stamped then masked the little girl using Memento ink before stamping the bench, on the reverse image I stamped the bench first then masked it before stamping the little girl.  I coloured with ProMarkers before attaching with silicone glue.  I placed a matt of pale yellow card on the insert again using the same Martha Stewart punch.

A friend of mine (Susan Wood) had cut out some of these shapes from Nestabilities for me, they are just the right size for the boy.  I used a smaller one for the sentiment and coloured it blue to represent the water.  Using Memento ink I stamped the boy and the jar first, then masked them.  Stamped the bench and the fishing net behind his back, masked the corner of the bench before stamping the other fishing net on the corner.  Coloured in using ProMarkers.  Matted the backing paper to gold mirri before attaching to my card blank, I then scored a line down each edge of the card.  I only had a yellow fish brad so I coloured it using an orange Whispers permanent marker and attached it to the happy birthday shape, I then stuck it on the card using foam pads.  I stuck the topper on using shaker tape to give it a slightly higher level than the sentiment.  Last of all I used Glossy Accents on the fishing jar.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

A memory box

The granddaughter of a friend of mine (Rita) is having a baby, it should have happened last Thursday but he's not ready to make an appearance yet.  I wanted to make something a little different, so after having a rummage in my template drawer I found my Arty Farty templates.  Luckily I know Jenna and Lee are having a little boy and they are going to call him Jack, so I could put a name on the box.

I have used the Daisy Blooming Box. http://www.artyfartydesign.co.uk/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=447&=SID It comes in three sizes and I used the largest with white 300gsm card as my base. Baby blue linen card for the top layers, which I put through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  I needed a good strong vellum and found in my stash a pad I've had for quite a while of Anita's Classic Christmas Silver Vellums, they're 120gsm and it is a 6"x6" pad, I used the striped sheets.  What to do about the pictures - I wanted to put Tatty Teddy on the box but I didn't have enough in my stash to fit all around the box so after a bit of thought and as Jenna likes Shaun the Sheep I used those.  I mounted the pictures onto Baby Blue pearlescent card before attaching them to the box and used the pearlescent card to make a gift tag.  For the picture on the lid I left enough space to put the name before mounting it on pearlescent card.  For the name itself I using my Cricut Expressions machine with the 'Plantin SchoolBook' cartridge.  This is my latest cartridge and I use it all the time, I always get my cartridges from http://www.smartcrafts.co.uk because of good prices, wide range of Cricut products and a very helpful Nicola.  The name was cut out of the Baby Blue Linen card and around the edges I used the baby blue ProMarker, just to make it stand out a bit.  I have bought a couple of Snuggle Chums rattles (lambs - it had to be) from Babies R Us, but the packaging is too big for the box so I'll have to find something a little smaller.  It will have to be something in keeping with the theme though. J